Surgery Helps Minnetrista 4-Year-Old with Rare Condition Walk for 1st Time

Updated: 12/27/2013 10:13 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson



A Minnetrista 4-year-old has a better outlook at life thanks to a pair of surgeries.   

Olive Shelso was diagnosed at six months of age with a rare chromosome deletion. The condition coupled with spinal cord problems slowed Olive’s development.   

Surgeons at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare gave Olive hope, performing a pair of surgeries that is allowing her to walk for the first time recently.  

Olive’s mom says she can also communicate by sign language and interact with other kids. 

Olive had a checkup one year after the surgery, and doctors say her outlook is good.